Northern Territory Government

Roll of Honour

SUNDSTROM, John Vernon (Jack)

Wharfies

Ships docked at Darwin Wharf.


John Vernon (Jack) Sunstrom was born 24th February 1892 in Oxolund Sweden. He came out to Western Australia to stay with his uncle who operated a South Perth Ferry Service; eventually becoming a naturalised British Subject in 1914.

He was married with two children at the commencement World War 2 and owned a well-established newsagency in Claremont, a dominant suburb of Perth. In 1940/41 for undisclosed reasons, he sold up and took work in Darwin where he worked on the wharf.

He was fifty-one years of age when killed during the bombing of Darwin. His name is mentioned in a list of civilian casualties produced on 11 June 1942. He was listed in the death notices of The West Australian on 4 April 1942 with the following passage:

'Sundstrom—On February 19, at Darwin, as result of air raid. John. Loving husband of Dorothy and fond father of John and Beverley.'

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